Community. Inspiration. Creativity.

Art classes for kids

Contact: rebecca@pikespeakartist.com


Teacher of Monday – Thursday Children’s Classes
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday Adult Clay and Private Pottery Classes

Bachelor of Arts in Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon
Focus in glaze chemistry and environmental design.

Throughout my life I have had a strong awareness of and attraction to the beauty in all things; I am excited to bring my passion for beauty, design, and people to Pikes Peak Artist Collective.

As a life-long artist, I have been a painter, jewelry maker, and a ceramic artist. I appreciate the beauty in all forms of art but I find my primary medium for creative expression is working with clay.

Through my appreciation of creative expression, I want to collaborate with other art educators to support the growth of artists in Colorado Springs.

My experience at the University of Oregon allowed me to explore art and creative expression and enriched my passion as an artist. My Environmental Studies degree at the University of Oregon furthered my appreciation of the natural world providing me with multicultural experiences in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. From those experiences I came to appreciate the changing world we are apart of and the importance that fostering the expression of creativity is necessary for the sustainability of a healthy world.

After moving to Colorado Springs from Pennsylvania with my husband Casey, I met Marcie Anderson owner of Studio 101 that was originally started by Rhonda Conn-Parent. My progression into ownership in 2019 was natural and an inspiration to honor the history of the studio and keep what has been created as a viable part of the community.

We look forward to continue to provide a supportive and comfortable art education center for both children and adults.

My goal is to see artists creating in a nurturing space that enhances expression, surrounded by art work created by children and adults, with various teachers providing different perspectives and skills and a wide variety of art shows held by different PPAC artists. As a community we can support one another, inspire our souls and thrive. Most of all, I am excited to meet you and learn how we can collectively enable the expression of art in Colorado Springs.

painting classes

Contact: gimmieshelter44@gmail.com


Instructor for Weekday Adult Painting and Drawing Classes 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and minor in Art History from Colorado State University

I am a painter, Illustrator, muralist, and instructor, currently working and residing in Colorado Springs. I teach numerous painting and drawing classes at Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at Colorado College, as well as at the Manitou Art Center. I have also taught painting at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, and teach numerous private lessons, and Figure drawing sessions.

Art has always been an integral and important part of my life. After putting myself through school, earning 2 Fine Art degrees, I lived in numerous cities throughout the US, always painting, but working a variety of jobs. Upon my return to my home town, with much determination and hard work, I became a professional artist, showing and selling my work, as well as teaching.

I believe that art brings all people together, as it helps us to express ourselves in a necessary, and even therapeutic way. Creativity is a calming, often challenging, and peaceful process for me. I am extremely passionate about Art and Art History, and look forward to sharing that passion and experience with my new students, and old, at Pikes Peak Artist Collective!

Art Classes for kids

Contact: rhondacp@gmail.com 


Ms. Rhonda’s ONLINE Studio Graduate Class 

BFA from The University of North Texas
Extensive training in High Trust Psychology

I formed the Studio Graduate class as I saw what the children wanted and needed – as artists AND as learners. As a result we have a class designed to balance structure and freedom – a “flipped” classroom or art studio where the student produces work primarily from their own vision and then receive a monthly “touch point” along the way. A touch point is a teacher directed art lesson. From art history, to art appreciation to specific art techniques, the students watches a teacher’s demo, adding deeply to their repertoire of skills that they can then integrate into their own art-envisioning/making process. The unique twist to the Grad class is that they receive direct assistance from each other and myself as they make their art work, so it is almost like a private and group class all in one! The Grad class is not based on age-level- it is based on a readiness to produce work independently. So the ages can vary in the class. What is so beautiful about the Studio Graduate class is that the soul, passion and energy of the group is a pretty “even playing field” so this class organically forms into that “sanctuary” where young people can live their artist-self with courage, a willingness to grow and authentic love for exercising that voice inside of them that truly needs a platform.

The Studio Graduate class is that platform.

Art Classes for kids

Contact: i_valente@ColoradoCollege.edu


Teacher of  Youth Summer Camps and Studio Intern

“Artist and Student”

I am an artist and student looking to express not only my passions but also to evoke emotion with each piece. Some of my interests that influence my work are anatomy, emotions, empathy, and the human figure. I strive to create pieces that not only demonstrate these interests but create or encourage change.

My primary mediums include pencil, pen, gouache paint, and oil paint; however, I am always looking to explore more. I’ve had the pleasure of taking art classes since I was six years old and learned from so many different teachers and professors along the way. I’ve also done workshops and camps with multiple schools and organizations including Colorado College, Bemis School of Art, Laguna College of Art and Design, and Art Center College of Design.

Furthermore, I helped develop and teach screen printing workshops at Colorado College and Bemis School of Art, assisted with other printmaking workshops at Bemis, and taught art online through one-on-one tutoring with kids. I enjoy teaching art as it gives me a chance to help other people cultivate their creativity and artistic confidence. I love building people up so that they can see their value like I do.

Pikes Peak Artist Collective has helped me grow as a teacher, artist, and individual as I’ve interacted directly with the local community and built new relationships.

Check out my portfolio at isabellavalenteart.com

Art Classes for kids

Contact: hayleybranch13@gmail.com 


Teacher of “Tava Adaptive Arts” Special Needs Program

Bachelor of Anthropology from the University of Wyoming
Proficient in American Sign Language
Significant Support Needs Instructor for Harrison School District 2

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs. I embody a passion for my community and the unmatched nature here. I am still very much evolving in my own artistry as I try new mediums and explore new interests and parts of the world. Creativity flows in a multitude of ways that reflect an individual and mine manifests itself through my garden, paintings, the equality and progress I work towards, and my love for learning about people and culture.

Growing up in the Springs and living most of my life here has allowed me to know the Springs for all its outward and hidden beauty while equally knowing its shortcomings. The world needs more fully inclusive and accessible spaces for differently abled people and El Paso county is no different. I worked in a middle school special needs program filled with amazing students who embody creativity and passion. With them in mind I envisioned a fully inclusive space for differently abled students to go through their own artistic journeys. A place that is flexible, colorful, and centered around our students interests and needs. Art is undefinable, subjective, and free flowing but vital for everyone in their own way. My goal is to empower special needs students and their creativity with a program that provides anything they need to be successful in that. I am so grateful to the Pikes Peak Artist Collective for providing our community that space and for their passionate people. I cannot wait to make art together.

Art Classes for kids

Current Class Offerings:
Adult Weekend Workshops
Private Painting Parties

Contact: ania@aniamilofineart.com


Teacher of Weekend Workshops & Private Painting Parties

Coming soon…

Art Classes For Kids

We love it!

“My daughter’s weekly art classes are the best part of her week. She has learned a wide variety of art techniques, her favorite being pottery.”

– Elizabeth

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Art Classes For kids